A Prairie Vernacular
September 12 - November 8
Featuring folk artists and outsider artists from the prairie provinces.
A Prairie Vernacular presents a survey of historic and contemporary works by Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba artists, exploring the widespread practice of folk art on the Canadian prairies and its subsequent impact on generations of contemporary artists, such as Joe Fafard, David Thauberger, and Vic Cicansky. This cross-provincial exhibition will create opportunities for dialogue and exchange in regard to the art histories and practices of visual artists in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. The work presented will be diverse in media and will be derived from the collections of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, as well as the collections of provincial arts funders – Saskatchewan Arts Board and Alberta Foundation for the Arts, museums and galleries including the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Remai Modern, Art Gallery of Alberta, Glenbow Museum and Winnipeg Art Gallery, along with work from private collectors and individual artists.
Featured Saskatchewan artists include: Henry Beaudry, Heather Benning, Lorne Beug, Frank Cicansky, Victor Cicansky, Allen Clarke, Eva Dennis, Wesley Dennis, Joe Fafard, Richard Gorenko, Ann Harbuz, Jerry Kaiser, Molly Lenhardt, William McCargar, Harvey McInnes, Fred Moulding, Jeff Nachtigall, Wendy Parsons, Graeme Patterson, Lawrence Pederson, Allen Sapp, Sam Spencer, Dmytro Stryjek, David Thauberger, Jeanne Thomarat, Russ Yuristy, and Jane Zednik.
Organized by MJM&AG and the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre (Medicine Hat, AB) in partnership with the Art Gallery of Swift Current: Curated by Jennifer McRorie, MJM&AG, and Joanne Marion, EAHC. Organized through a partnership of Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and the Esplanade Art Gallery Medicine Hat – curators Jennifer McRorie and Joanne Marion.